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The Heart of L'Arche

A Spirituality for Every Day

Author(s): Jean Vanier

ISBN13: 9780281069910

ISBN10: 0281069913

Publisher: SPCK Publishing (17 Jan 2013)

Extent: 96 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 18.8 x 13.2 x 1 cm

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  • Jean Vanier has indelibly changed our understanding of people with intellectual disabilities. In 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, France, he founded L’Arche – an ecumenical and international federation dedicated to the creation of homes, communities, day programmes and support networks for people with learning disabilities. In this revised edition of The Heart of L’Arche, Jean looks back on almost fifty years of the spirituality of the organization, which now exists in over forty countries worldwide.


    In a world where people with disabilities are o­ften ignored or seen as a burden on society, Jean reveals the spirit that keeps his dream flourishing. He shows how a life shared with people who have intellectual disabilities calls us to recognize our own fragility and need for each other. The vulnerability that is so much a part of their experience reveals our own, and invites us into relationship, transformation and liberation.

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